Sharing the world’s mourning for the loss of Nelson Mandela, His All-Holiness spoke in Myra of Lycea (in Asia Minor) of the South African Nobel laureate as a model of compassion and reconciliation. His
All-Holiness paid tribute to the unique virtues of Nelson Mandela, who struggled against apartheid and suffered for his principles of integrity and solidarity. His All-Holiness observed:
“Nelson Mandela changed his nation and changed the world, leading his people in their journey toward freedom and healing, while standing as a symbol of peace and forgiveness for all people and for all time.
President Mandela was a testimony to what one man – whether from behind prison bars or in the most prominent political posts – could achieve for a nation and generations to come.
For a moment, the world stood still on December 5th, 2013. May God grant rest to his soul; and may we all be inspired by his life.”